Title: The Start of Me and You
Author: Emery Lord
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
This book was absolute perfection. Paige is my soul sister. Max is my ultimate book boyfriend for now. I only wish I could give this book more than 5 out of 5 stars. Read it if you haven’t yet!
The Start of Me and You was my first Emery Lord novel, and I absolutely adored it. It was an instantaneous addition to my favorites list. The writing was fantastic, the characters were realistic and I pretty much wanted to be best friends with all of them. Paige was such a great main character. I felt such a kinship with her throughout the whole novel. I made a ton of updates on Goodreads while reading the book.
Paige is a list maker, like me, except her list is way different from any I’ve made. But the list she makes leads her down an unforgettable journey with her old, and new, friends. If I’d had the time, I would have devoured this book within a day. It was that good.
Max is the perfect book boyfriend. I absolutely adored every moment we got to see him in the book. Ryan was cute, but nothing compared to Max in my opinion. Paige’s group of best friends were an interesting mix of personalities that really meshed well together. There was a high level of nerdy stuff in this book (Quiz Bowl, nerdy banter, etc.), so that could be one reason why I loved it so much. Honestly, it was a really amazing book, and my heart broke for Paige and all she went through, all she was still going through. And there were so many cool references (Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls, etc.)!
A few of my favorite lines: “When it all closes in, there are only two kinds of people: best friends and everyone else.” and “But life is not evens and odds and solving for x. And sadness? Sadness is an equation made of all variables.” and “I had always found comfort between rows and rows of books: some familiar, some foreign, stacks of old friends, and piles of new friends to be found.” and “If you’re lucky, relationships–with family or friends or boyfriends–are limitless. There’s no maximum on how much you can love each other. The problem is, there’s also no limit on how much you can hurt each other.”
Final note: SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK! I absolutely adored Paige’s (and Max’s) story. Please read it if you haven’t already. Now I need to go purchase a copy so I can re-read this for years to come!